Scene from Tosca

Northern Lights Festival Opera

NLMF is pleased to announce that it has engaged tenor Norman Shankle for the role of Prince Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.(Cinderella)  NLMF fans will remember Mr. Shankle’s fabulous performance in The Barber of Seville several years ago.  We’re delighted!  Now, stay tuned for our announcement of the Cinderella casting!

Under the guidance of Musical Director Gavriel Heine of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, the Northern Lights Festival Opera has become the cornerstone of the Northern Lights Music Festival with fully staged performances with orchestra in three Range cities: Aurora, Chisholm and Ely.

What began as an effort to involve the community in a wildly successful production of Britten’s Noyes Fludde in 2007, led to annual main stage productions of Hansel and Gretel, Carmina Burana, Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci.

In 2013, Northern Lights reached another landmark when it staged its first full-length, four-act opera, Puccini’s La Bohème.

Bizet’s Carmen followed in 2014 with Lehar’s The Merry Widow in 2015.  In the past four seasons the Northern Lights Festival opera has presented Madama Butterfly, Eugene Onegin, The Barber of Seville  and last season’s La Traviata featuring acclaimed soprano Cecilia Violetta López.


Our 2019 production of Verdi’s La traviata featured the exciting American soprano Cecilia Violetta López in her signature role of Violetta.

Act I  La bohème with Meghan Lindsay as Mimi and
Scott Quinn as Rodolfo. 

Chrystal E Willams as Rosina and Sean Anderson as Figaro in The Barber of Seville.